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The big idea : how breakthroughs of the past shape the future

Author: Timothy Ferris; National Geographic Society (U.S.),
Publisher: Washington, District of Columbia : National Geographic, Boston, Massachusetts : Credo Reference, 2011. 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [Enhanced Credo edition]View all editions and formats
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"From the Pythagorean theorem to DNA's double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity--the big ideas of science and technology shape an era's worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the past, one big idea at a time. Meet the people who gave birth to these ideas--and those who fought against  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Chronologies
History
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Chronology
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
319 pages : illustrations (some color), color map
(DLC) 2011022225
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Ferris; National Geographic Society (U.S.),
ISBN: 9781784029890 1784029890
OCLC Number: 900201287
Description: 1 online resource (380 entries)
Contents: Foreword / Timothy Ferris --
About this book --
How to use this book --
Information & Communication. Augmented reality --
Quantum computing --
Cloud computing --
Artificial intelligence --
Health & medicine. Regenerative medicine --
Genetic medicine --
Nanomedicine --
Pandemic control --
Physics & the Cosmos. Quantum gravity --
Quantum information --
Small nuclear reactors --
Discovery of Earth-like planets --
Chemistry & materials. Room-temperature superconductivity --
Molecular assembler --
Green chemistry --
Programmable matter --
Biology & the environment. Synthetic biology --
Epigenetics --
Genetically modified organisms --
Geoengineering --
Transportation & space exploration. Electric car --
Intelligent traffic --
Terraforming --
Underwater exploration --
Big ideas through time --
About the authors.
Other Titles: How breakthroughs of the past shape the future
Responsibility: foreword by Timothy Ferris.

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Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the past, one big idea at a time.  Read more...

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